the ballad of the poche space(2008) was conceived as a test project to work out possible flaws with the implementation of thesis research into the main design in spring 2009 (see cairo: echoes of spatial delusion). to examine how narrative could manipulate the architecture of a built environment, a story and characters were created to inform design potentials. by operating within a specific existing architectural language, a greater understanding of exactly how narrative can manipulate space could be achieved. thus, the architectural element chosen to explore this relationship would be the poche, as it provided a large number of potential narrative and architectural paths to take.

the site would become a combination hotel and floral shop, in which the hotel’s manager was a serial killer who rented rooms to unsuspecting tourists, then murdered them and ground them into mulch in order to grow flowers which he, in turn, sold in the florist shop on the ground floor. therefore, the building’s design would be informed by the serial killer’s wants and needs, the poche space taking importance over the so-called “main space.” the building began with the western indies housing typology, but by focusing on just the poche and neglecting any sort of main programmable space, a unique architectural space emerged in the form of an unfolded plan and section (in the vain of oma’s ramp drawings from the dutch embassy).


exhibit 01: voyeur diagram, relating juxtaposition of poche space to main space.
exhibit 02: concept section, poche space and circulation.
exhibit 03: southern elevation.
exhibit 04: site plan.
exhibit 05: unfolded building plan.
exhibit 06: unfolded building section.